Africa has always had stories to tell, in the past this was often through folklore and legend, explaining natural phenomena in engaging and memorable ways, for example, how lions are the fallen stars and the hippo, was once a proud land-dweller who lost his furry coat as punishment for having a superior attitude.

We encourage storytelling of a different sort with our photographic safaris. This is the perfect opportunity to learn the intricacies of nature and record those unique African moments for posterity through the lens of your camera.

The experts at National Geographic explain it this way: “Photography, while also a form of art, is often a part of storytelling, especially in its digital form… an image that captures a moment with tension, inspiration, and emotions” and “it tells the story of your subject matter without using motion pictures or words”.

Our guided expeditions connect travellers with places and the flora and the fauna around them. Follow in the footsteps of some of Africa’s explorers and endeavour to witness what they might have experienced in the remote and beautiful landscapes! There is no rush, no deadline, in fact patience is a quality that is a pre-requisite in obtaining quality wildlife images. Here, you have no control in terms of which way your subject will face, if they will be facing into the sun, or partially hidden in the dappled sunlight.

When an opportunity presents itself, it may well be fleeting, so to capture the splash of colour of a bird taking to flight or the effort of the dung beetle pushing its dung ball over an obstacle you will need to be prepared.

A splash of colour in flight. Credit Arthur Collett.

Our emphasis is on getting in sync with our surroundings because we hope to become part of the surroundings, as opposed to being intruders, achieving this exposes us to extraordinary opportunities.

Capturing images from unusual perspectives will add to the intrigue and make for great storytelling when sharing your experience with others.

Eye-level with one of nature's most feared hunters. Credit Arthur Collett.

Photography in the African wild should not be complicated. We are surrounded with image opportunities, so it is simply a matter of exercising patience and capturing that African theatre, making use of the soft early morning light, exploiting the dappled shade that boasts the crimson explosion that makes sunsets in Africa such memorable moments!

Whether you are exploring less trodden paths on foot, weaving through the shallow waters of the Botswana’s Okavango Delta in a traditional dugout canoe or mokoro, or travelling longer distances on a motorcycle, you will be exposed to numerous opportunities to capture your story, your version of your exploits, with your unique influence.

The best method to capture stories in the Okavango Delta. Credit Marius Swart.

Who is it that you hope to encounter out in the bush? What story do you hope your photographs will tell? Perhaps it may be that of yourself, your own inner-discovery awaits. Start a conversation with us today and write the first page of your own African adventure story.